HOOFSTORIES: •   Inwoners vies oor vullis in veld   •   Waterkrisis dreig op Mookgophong   •   Polisievrou beseer in ongeluk   •   Groot skade by onderneming ná brand   •   Vroue byna op trein wat bots   •   Hou diere koel op warm dae   •   Unieke skaapras onder die hamer   •   Nuwe baadjie vir begraafplaas   •   Korrupte polisielede in hegtenis   •   Voer op trok vat vlam   •   Leiers reg vir uitdagings
 

 
 

 

Treating reptiles’ scale rot


   17 November 2017   l   Justin Steyn    l   Views: 84   l   2 months ago  

 

Scale rot on a corn snake. Photo: thecornsnake.co.uk


Scale rot is a bacterial infection which is most commonly found in pet reptiles. 

According to Arno Naudé, chairperson of the Transvaal herpetological union, the condition is mainly caused by improper husbandry or living conditions being too moist for the animal. “In essence it involves the reptile moving around in their own excrement and then leaves them with an infection, commonly on the stomach area,” he said.

Naudé warned that if left untreated, the rot will start eating away at the reptile, which often leaves with fatal consequences.

He explained that the rot will present itself as ulcerations on the reptile’s abdomen.

“It starts as a red-brown coloration which will start to damage the scales on the underside. This usually comes with large blisters,” he said.

When it comes to treating the condition, Naudé said that prevention is better than cure. 

“In a case where no blisters have formed, careful attention should be given to the temperature and ensure that the enclosure is properly cleaned.

“When blisters start to form it would be better to approach a vet for further analysis, depending on the situation it may even be needed to seek medical help before these form,” Naudé said.

 


 

0 Comments

To leave a comment you need to login / register first



       


Ander stories